Restaurant Reviews

Blue Cactus Review

Warsaw Local initially visited Blue Cactus for breakfast on 19th January, but we returned 6th February to try the main courses.

We were a big fan of the breakfast at Blue Cactus, but we wanted to see if they could keep up to the same standard when the restaurant was much busier. Let’s find out….

Finding the location

It is not possible to walk to Blue Cactus from the Palace of Culture and Science. We needed to take a bus. We took the bus number 519 and it took about 16 minutes in the morning traffic and then a few minutes walk from the bus stop.

Here is a picture of the front of the Blue Cactus:

Prices and Menu

The menu is presented in both Polish and English. You can find a full online menu here

We ordered chips and salsa (Homemade tortilla chips served with Salsa Fresca and Cheese Salsa), Quesadillas (Flour tortillas filled with cheddar cheese and grilled chicken. Served with Salsa), Soft chicken tacos (Warm tortillas filled chicken, served with re-fried beans, Mexican rice, sour cream and salsa) and a burrito (A large flour tortilla with chicken, mixed with beans, Mexican or coriander-lime rice, guacamole, salsa fresca, sour cream. Served with a salad of spicy carrot, cucumber, radicchio and salsa)

The total bill came to: 112zl

This is a very standard price for this sort of meal. Not cheap, but not expensive. You’ll struggle to find anywhere in the city center that provides this level of service, in a venue of this size for cheaper.

Our Personal Experience

Quality of food and Waiting time

We purposely choose to come here at a busier time, as our first visit was 10am and the place was pretty empty. This time we arrive mid-afternoon on a Saturday (about 15:00). Blue Cactus was lively, with many large groups. We were politely greeted and seated quickly.

Our starters were served within a very reasonable time. About seven minutes:






The chips were served warm and in a basket. The portion size was a nice size for a starter and we would recommend it as just something to keep your hands busy while you’re waiting for your main. The cheese sauce was warm as well! This was a great touch and didn’t go unnoticed.

The Quesadillas were of very high quality! They were packed with chicken, the cheese was nicely melted, but not to the point that they were unable to be eaten with hands without becoming a cheesy mess. They also include fresh tomato inside, which really complemented the dish.

After we had finished our starters, we waited about five minutes for our mains to be serviced.

My guest ordered a burrito (A large flour tortilla with chicken, mixed with beans, Mexican or coriander-lime rice, guacamole, salsa fresca, sour cream. Served with a salad of spicy carrot, cucumber, radicchio and salsa):

It was huge! One of the most heavily stuffed burritos I have ever seen. You really get value for money if you’re hungry. The dish was packed with different flavors with every bite. It wasn’t possible to finish the whole dish. It really was huge!

We didn’t really understand the point of the side salad though, it wasn’t really a salad. It was a few slices of carrot and leafs with no dressing.

I ordered: Soft chicken tacos (Warm tortillas filled chicken, served with re-fried beans, Mexican rice, sour cream and salsa)

This was my first time trying ‘soft’ tacos, I am more use to the traditional crispy style shells. They were presented nicely on a bed a re-fried beans.

They were pretty difficult to pick up as everything would fall out, so I resorted to eating them with a knife and fork. The chicken was great! You could easily taste that this wasn’t cheap frozen chicken, but chicken of high quality.

The rice and beans were full of unique flavors, but the serving sizes were huge. I came to Blue Cactus hungry, and left full without clearing my plate. This is the perfect place for those who want ensure they don’t leave hungry.

Services

The service was great! We were greeted by two smiling ladies that quickly switched to English. They offered to take our jacket and even though the venue was very busy, we were seated right away.

Our waiter was a really nice guy, very funny and polite. He made some great recommendations and told us what he likes to order. He really made us feel welcome and apart of the Blue Cactus family.

Our waiter politely asked if everything was Ok while we were eating, and it wasn’t annoying or being disruptive.

Decor and Atmosphere

Blue Cactus prizes itself on being an authentic Mexican restaurant, and you get the Mexican vibe the moment you walk in the door. We were greeted with a pleasant volume of Spain/salsa kind of music. It was loud enough to create a suitable atmosphere, without distracting from our conversation.

The tables had a very unique design, with what looked like hand crafted designs and paintings protected by a layer of glass.

The venue is very large. They could easily handle parties of 30-50+ people.

Language barriers

Our waiter spoke amazing English! He was happy to answer all our questions with a smile and there was no issues with communication.

Room for Improvement and things to note

The Blue Cactus is not as central as other venues in the city, but if you are big fan of Mexican food then this is not to be missed.

A cool thing to note is that the food is cooked over a wood cooker, which provides a taste you just couldn’t recreate without a wood stove at home.

Overall, we were very happy with our experience. Communication was not an issue, the waiting time was more than reasonable and the food was great. We would recommend Blue Cactus as a causal business meeting location and perfect location large groups.


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